So I thought I'd leave you with this post before I take a few more days of hiatus...
I was having lunch with a Deaniac friend I hadn't seen in quite a while and it occurred to me that I was a solid member of a political cult. You see, many of us who devoted our political hopes and dreams to Howard Dean's campaign for the presidency found so much more. The Deaniacs are a different sort.
Go to Blogforamerica.com and look at the archives, you will be shocked at how much we knew...We knew before the war started that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We knew before the state of the union speak that the Niger uraniam tubes story was a lie. We knew before the election of 2004 that Dean would be out next DNC chair. We knew then that the only way to win back some respect for the Dem party was to run a 50 state strategy using all the grassroots that makes local elections national ones. We knew in January of 2004 that Kerry would be torn apart as a flip-flopper (I was even going to order flip flops to sell on the internet that said John on one shoe and Kerry on the other). We knew so much in 2004 and yet, when our leader lost his bid to become President, we didn't go back to our pre-2004 caves.
We organized on the ground. Howard taught us how and we taught the rest of the progressive community what we already knew...all politics is local.
Why is Dean chair of the Democratic Party to the chagrin of many of it's DLC leaders? Because we didn't abandon the Democratic Party, instead we decided that we could change it from within... We got involved in our local parties, we got elected to offices nationwide. We forced a progressive agenda on a solidly right swinging leadership. We created a nationwide phenomena that forced Dean into the chair of the party.
We also ran for office. Hundreds of Deaniacs have run for office all around the country and won!
We began the movement for a paper trail voting system that will soon be passed into federal law. We stayed together not only on the blogosphere, but in our local communities and have passed local Anti-War resolutions, won everything from school board battles to Congress and sent a so-called Democratic Senator a wake up call that resonated nationwide. So many things that become national news start on our watch. We have changed the face of the Democratic Party and in the process our country.
And one more thing...we are still passionate as hell about the Howard Dean vision for our country. Look for us around every political corner and you will find our influence.
So as 2006 closes out, I just want to say one thing to all of my fellow Deaniacs out there and anyone else who wants to jump on the bandwagon for Common Sense.
We have just begun. Our successes are just starting. We have so much more to do! I"m honored to be a part of the movement to bring common sense back into politics in this country.
The "God, Guns and Gays" (as Dean liked to call it) political agenda of the GOP has begun to crumple and now in 2007, we must hold the Democratic party not just to a stop gap agenda, but to forcing real legislation through the President's desk that will address the real issues that Americans face daily.
I will have more on that next week. In the meantime, back to my piece for my book!